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Landing Your Next Indoor Cycling Gig: A Practical Guide to Auditioning, Part 2

Lights, camera, action. What to do when being judged from the instructor bike.

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Landing Your Next Indoor Cycling Gig: A Practical Guide to Auditioning, Part 1

“Help! I have an audition coming up…do you have any advice?” This is such a common question, so we’ve put together a three-part practical guide to auditioning. Part 1 walks you through six important steps prior to your audition that will ensure you are as prepared as you can be.

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What To Do When You Have Students Who Are Chronically Late for Class

When you have late students, put your participants’ needs ahead of any inconvenience, imposition, or disrespect that you may feel. Keep the needs of the whole class in mind but don’t punish a student for being late, either directly or indirectly.

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My Cycling Class Today: What I’ve Learned Teaching Off the Bike

For the last three months an injury has grounded me, forcing me to teach my classes off the bike. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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The Value of Silence

Sometimes what we don’t do is more important than what we do. Sometimes letting go is better than holding on. Sometimes less is more. Learn when not to speak in class so that your words will be all the more powerful when you chose to use them.

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Developing Your Own Teaching Calendar Can Make Your Classes Better

Need some organizational help? Here is a simple model for organizing your class profiles. Advantages: You won’t have to start over each time you write a class. You will be able to create a flow of work from week to week. You will be certain to include holiday and other special event classes. You will even have a place to keep track of those little reminders from class to class. And you won’t have to spend time hunting through your computer for that class you misplaced. Bottom line: less stress.

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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 2: Stop Trying to be Perfect. Be Yourself but Bigger.

Are you the shy instructor? You can feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. Shy instructors can be terrific by simply unlearning a few misconceptions about performing in public. If this is you, it’s time to up your game by stopping the behaviors or beliefs that may be limiting your performance. In part 1 of this series, you learned to rechannel your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift.” In part 2, you will learn to stop doubting yourself.

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Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 1: Make Your Anxiety Work For You, Not Against You

Are you the shy instructor? It is possible to feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert. You don’t have to be an extrovert, a performer, to get up in front of a class. In part 1 of this series, you will learn to stop trying to calm your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift” you were not granted.

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The New Instructor: 10 Tips for Mastering the Class Intro, Part 3

And now the last four tips to complete a well-rounded class introduction: Safety, Form & Technique, Hand Positions, and Cadence.

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The New Instructor: 10 Tips for Mastering the Class Intro, Part 2

Our next three tips to help you master the class intro: The Class Objective, Training Zones (RPE), and encouraging your riders to Work at Their Own Pace.

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